Illinois Service

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The Illinois Zephyr, one of five services of the Illinois Service.
Amtrak routes in Illinois. Solid red indicates current Illinois Service-branded routes while dashed red indicates planned future services. Other Amtrak services within the state are indicated in solid blue.

The Illinois Service, branded as Amtrak Illinois, is an American passenger rail network that consists of five trains operated by Amtrak on three corridors to provide frequent daily service between Chicago and other cities in the state of Illinois, along with the city of St. Louis in the neighbouring state of Missouri. The Illinois Service is funded primarily by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The Illinois Service is made up of the following routes:

Trains run twice daily on each route, except for the Lincoln Service, which runs four times daily. The Illini and Saluki are the only routes that offer checked baggage service.

Proposed expansion[edit]

Two lines were planned to be added in late 2015,[3] but were subsequently put on hold after Bruce Rauner became governor.[4] However, a new transportation bill supported by Governor J.B. Pritzker in 2019 has appropriated funds to both routes.[5]

Two proposed new lines:

  • The Black Hawk to Rockford via Elgin, based on a former service to Dubuque that ran from 1974 to 1981. The service would operate on Metra and Union Pacific lines west from Chicago.
  • The Quad Cities to Moline via Geneseo will run as a branch of the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg line, meeting the existing line west of Wyanet and serving stations from Princeton inbound.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Governor Blagojevich Announces Amtrak Carl Sandburg to Start Running October 30th". Amtrak. National Railroad Passenger Corporation. 8 October 2006. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Governor Blagojevich Announces Amtrak Lincoln Service to Start Running October 30th". Amtrak. National Railroad Passenger Corporation. 14 October 2006. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  3. ^ Bowen, Douglas John (5 December 2013). "NARP: New Amtrak Midwest routes advance". Railway Age. Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Plan for Amtrak service from Chicago to Rockford on hold". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Rail group celebrates 'big win' for Amtrak line from QC to Chicago". 2019-10-23. Retrieved 2019-12-13.

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